One of the most important elements of writing that influence the reader’s experience is strong sensory development, especially in helping develop sceneries. There are many ways to practice or develop this skill, but using an Image Cluster to purposefully list elements of each sense while in that environment will help you recognize and develop some of these elements more naturally in your own creative writing.
Click the chart to the right to expand the Image Cluster Sample
Scene Sources: Pics or Vids
It may help you to use a scenery image or even video of ambient sounds of a setting. Some examples are posted for you below.
Before you Freewrite: Select a source to develop at least four aspects of that environment for your five senses: sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell.
During your Freewrite: Remember the rules – don’t stop, keep the pen moving, don’t censor it, no correcting or editing, no rushing- just continued writing, and see where your consciousness takes you with it.
After this Freewrite:
Read through what you wrote and count how many of your Sense Elements you brainstormed ended up included in what you wrote.
In reviewing what you wrote, identify any examples you would describe as Show, Not Tell writing.
Use a highlighter over the text and select parts of the Freewrite you especially liked that you would pull and use in some creative writing you may do in the future.
Reflect on doing the Freewriting by hand – if you used a specific pen, did it write smoothly for you? Could you feel a difference in the feel of what you were writing? Do you like the feel of the writing or as you write are you wishing instead you could be typing it? Do you think what comes out of the Freewrite would be different at all if it were typed instead of written? Is there a difference for you? If so, can you describe it?
Strong writers have reflected on many of their own preferences or biases in writing, which often is relayed to readers through the characters developed. One well-known French author constructed a Questionnaire for writers to fill out that asks them 35 questions to make them reflect on some of their habits of thought, preferences in what they read, and other questions. From that, it can help them become more aware of their writing habits or even be used to help de
velop realistic characters in their texts.
Instructions for you:
Make a Copy of the following Google Doc that includes the list of 35 questions. Take time to reflect/respond to them; you could even consider doing them out of order or returning to responses and changing or adding to answers.
Once done, we’ll share some of the responses you’ve developed. We can choose this sharing to be done anonymously.
Make sure you share it back to me @ my gmail account.
Pick one of the prompts to develop a response to it.
Pick any 2-3 of the Questionnaire prompts that you responded to that relate to the Writing Prompt you’ve picked. Make an effort to include some reflection in the writing of your responses to the questions.
You’ve likely had some practice before with descriptive writing, but this is one of the most essential skills of a writer, to be able to activate the senses of the reader. Studies have shown that a reader’s brain responds in much the same way as if they were truly experiencing the event they’re reading. This will be felt all the more real if a writer is able to use the Show, Not Tell descriptive writing technique best.
Watch this short video to be reminded of how important sensory writing is for the reader to experience.
Your Writing Challenge Today: write a gross description
Parameters of the task – stay within these lines
it has to be a real event, your own experience, or at least based on it
you can only use between 100-150 words.
This means each word and phrase is a precious resource, like money spent. Make sure you’re spending wisely. If a sentence doesn’t include something that matters, then maybe you would consider developing another phrase.
You cannot include anyone from our school in the writing. (Let’s keep friends out of the grossness!)
To write what is gross, you have to write with your senses, descriptively.
There are websites you have used before that can be supportive with unique adverbs or sensory phrases. Don’t be afraid to use them.
For some, it’s an effort for them to understand how time taken Before Writing begins can be the most productive part of the process. Too often, young writers jump into writing. Give yourself time to pause, think, consider whether the first idea you want to run with is the best of the ideas you can develop.
Your brainstorming could be developed on paper or in your Google Doc.
One practice you’ll hopefully develop through this writing course is recognizing the need to pause and think, as a habit, before responding.
This also eventually means not being afraid to remove things you’ve written, if you later feel they’re not as valuable or worth keeping.
We’ve discussed for a long while the Social Contract that societies have to negotiate and adapt to suit their needs and wants as a group. It is the give and take relationship between government and the people, determining what each is responsible for in working together.
A society’s Social Contract will also relate to their Economic choices – determining how much or little government is involved in the main economic issues of What to Produce, Who to Produce it for, and How (best) to Produce it.
The following are resources to help support your learning/understanding of the main approaches to economics for countries.
Planned Economy: also known as a Command Economy, since the government takes full command of the decision-making and planning for meeting the wants and needs of its society
The Balance Website: explanations, pros/cons, and examples of countries using a Planned Economy method
Canada has the good fortune to exist from “sea-t0-sea-to-sea”, so we benefit as a whole from the various types of geography, resources, settlements across a wide scale.Consider what it’s like, though, for a small country whose borders are surrounded by other countries. Geographically and resource-wise, they may be very similar, but because of differences in style of government, corruption, equality of the people, and other reasons, the living conditions in the two countries can be very different. One citizen of country A can live in comfortable wealth, while the citizen of country B only 20 kms away may live in extreme poverty.
Why can there be such differences between the living standards of citizens? That’s your question to find an answer to in today’s inquiry study.
I’d like you to organize yourselves into two groups, Group A and Group B.
You can join a Breakout Room and plan together how to break up the study information. OR
You can join a group (A or B) and decide to study individually and then later share together what you each discovered.
In either group, discover the following:
Take notes and keep track of the websites or sources you were able to use information from. (They can be added to a Google Doc or written down)
Group A: Study the difference between Botswana (a wealthy country) and Zimbabwe (a poor country)]
Group B: Study the difference between Haiti (a poor country) and the Dominican Republic (a wealthy country)
Search to understand the following for each country in your group:
their government style and method of decision-making for the citizens
where the government leaders in power sit on the political spectrum (L Center R)
what resources in the country do they have to produce and sell/trade?
what is the state of Rule of Law in their country – is society orderly, is it chaotic, is there great corruption?
has each country’s wealth been much the same for a long time or has it changed within recent decades? Is there a cause of that change, if so?
what is it like for citizens to live in each country – do they have homes to go to? some wealth? do they rely on social programs to provide for them? is there great poverty?
Send a note through Teams if you are stuck and need support!
Research the end-of-life experience in palliative care (people places in care and made comfortable until their inevitable death). Documentary link – End Game
Study the effects of a person going into sensory deprivation for three days – no access to devices, time tracking, etc, that Psychologists believe leads to brain damage as a result. Documentary linked – Isolation
Some Gathered Resources for Initial Source Studies (Step 1)
You can filter your search in YouTube to look for longer videos on your topic of interest, which may bring up TV Episodes, Podcast recordings of interviews with knowledgable speakers, or Documentaries)
Additional Research (Step 2):
You Can do a Google Search for Scholarly Journals on your topic; these usually show up at the top of a Google Search. Examples below for: Gender Conditioning in Children
Notice in the second image you can sort the articles by most recent or most relevant. You’ll also see highlighted in yellow some articles have been Cited more often by other publications. These are articles from Psychology or similarily-focused studied, so they’ll include many statistics, anecdotal examples, and supports for your Part 2 of your research. (You can click on these images to make them larger/more clear to read).
Step 3: Published Product Options (do this as your ELA B30 Multimedia Video Assignment?)